About the NCC

Richard Oldfield, Chief Executive

"We are industry's research and development partner. When companies need to make things lighter, stronger, smarter and more sustainable they come to the NCC. With access to 'beyond' state-of-the-art technology and the best composites engineering capabilities in the world, we help our customers solve the most complex engineering challenges of our time."

Why composites?

Composites enable our everyday lives – in transport, energy, healthcare, defence, communications and leisure. Lightweight, strong, durable and adaptable, the unique properties of composites help us to design and make better products with less waste that last longer, helping us to address urgent societal challenges of sustainability and net-zero. Hugely versatile, they will also help engineers unlock the potential of digital manufacturing for greater and faster product innovation.

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Our Strategy

Leading collaborative innovation

A world leader in composite technology

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Leading collaborative innovation

To be recognised as a world leader in composite technology, accelerating the development and uptake of digital technologies for composites and growing the market for composites by driving innovation through collaboration and partnerships.


Highly motivated and engaged teams

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To push the boundaries of what's possible in the application of composites, building highly motivated and engaged teams that create an innovative and entrepreneurial culture at the NCC.



Leading in sustainability for composites

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To future-proof the application of composites by exploring novel materials and process capability, enabling industry to make more informed decisions on their application.

Changing markets and products

Making composites a mass market proposition

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Changing markets and products

To offer a wide range of capabilities from teams of specialists to the latest technology, to deliver complete engineering solutions. Improving the adoption and economic impact of the technology developed and delivering customer work to time, cost and the highest quality.

Resilient expansion

Making composites accessible

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Resilient expansion

To ensure composites technology and engineering expertise is accessible to every sector, so they can harness the full potential of composites and in turn, contribute to a sustained c.10% annual growth at the NCC.

Transforming business practices

Responding to the needs of customers

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Transforming business practices

To be agile and responsive to the needs of varied sectors and customers, and always working to the very highest standards of health and safety.

Our Stories

  • MBDA and National Composites Centre launch Ceramic Matrix Composite Airframe Technologies Challenge

    MBDA and the NCC are challenging the Ceramic Matrix Composites (CMCs) sector to aid the future of sustained high-speed flight.
  • Young engineers think educating the public is key for Climate Action

    Young people across the West of England discussed carbon-emission cutting solutions with experts, before quizzing local politicians on their Climate Action strategies, during the three day Youth Engineering for Environmental Sustainability Summit (YEESS).
  • Universal digital readiness: What are the building blocks we all need to push ahead

    Amit Visrolia, Chief Engineer, Digital Engineering & DETI at the NCC, unpacks the building blocks of digitisation in the industrial environment and reflects on the NCC's work in the DETI Enabling Capabilities programme - which is testing and proving emerging digital technologies for the good of industry.
  • Shining the Spotlight: Introducing Lyndsay Gibbons

    Working in partnership with DETI, CFMS is committed to supporting STEM returners. With the UK needing an estimated 124,000 new engineers and technicians a year to meet a shortfall in skilled labour, the sector can no longer afford to ignore the huge pool of talent made up of women looking to restart their careers. In this article, we introduce Lindsay Gibbons, a new STEM returner at CFMS.
  • Introducing the DETI Eco-meter

    Digital Catapult has partnered with the National Composites Centre (NCC) to drive innovation in the design and manufacturing of composites using Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, developing software that uses cutting-edge technology to calculate carbon footprint more accurately. This has culminated in a successful proof of concept for an application called the ‘eco-meter’.

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